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  • Franciacorta DOCG - Italian Wine

    Franciacorta DOCG

    The wine region of Franciacorta lies between Brescia and Bergamo, on the banks of Lago d'Iseo. Good wine is made here in a mild but windy climate. The fame of Franciacorta has been established chiefly by its sparkling wines.

     The Franciacorta Cremant is made with Chardonnay and/or Pinot Bianco, Franciacorta rose uses Pinot Nero (minimum 15%) and Chardonnay and/or Pinot Bianco. The best Franciacorta Spumantes are white wines made with Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, and/or Pinot Nero (without skins).

    The wine has a superb colour that is deep golden yellow with a tinge of green and a sparkle of pure gold. The nose is fresh and heady while the taste is juicy, and both fresh and refined. Drinking temperature is 42.8-48.2°F (6-9°C) . Franciacorta also produce a number of pleasant red and white still wines. The reds are made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Barbera, and Nebbiolo. These are well worth discovering. These are sold as either bianco or rosso Terre di Franciacorta DOC.

    LuganaDOC

    Lugana originates from the south of Lake Garda where both still and sparkling wines are made with the Trebbiano grape. A slight saltiness is typical of these wines, derived from the minerals in the soil here. The colour varies from pale greenish yellow when young to golden yellow after a few years maturing. The bouquet is fresh and pleasant, the taste is fresh, smooth, and dry, with good balance between acidity, body, and alcohol. Drink the sparkling wine as an aperitif and the still wine with freshwater fish. Drinking temperature is 46.4- 50°F (8-10°C) .

     

    San Martino della Battaglia DOC

    This area is less well-known but has much in common with Lugana (q.v.) in terms of climate and mineral soil. San Martino della Battaglia is made using Tocai Priulano (note: not Pinot Grigio but Welsch Riesling. The colour is lemon yellow and the nose is very inviting and intensely aromatic, while the taste is filled with flavour, dry, and with a slight bitterness in the finish. Drinking temperature is 10-12°C (50- 53.6°F). There is also a San Martino della Battaglia Liquoroso, which is much darker in colour (golden yellow) , very fruity and seductive.

    The taste is filled with flavour, smooth, and pleasantly sweet. The wine is well balanced with minimum alcohol of 16%. Drinking temperature is 42.0- 50.0°F (6- 10°C) depending on personal preference.

     

    Vini Mantovani

    Garda DOC wines are also made to the south of the lake, which falls within the province of Mantua (Mantova). These wines vary little from the other Garda wines. Single varietal wines include Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Nero, Chardonnay, Tocai, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Pranc, and Merlot. Good frizzante wines are also produced here, usually with Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, and Riesling. Colli Morenici Mantovani del Garda DOC is worth a special mention. This wine from the south of Lake Garda originates from the most favourably placed hills (Colli) above Mantua.

    This wine is slightly better than the other Lake Garda wines. The basic grapes are Pinot Bianco and Garganega for the whites (bianco) and Rondinella, Rossanella, Negrara, Sangiovese, and Merlot for the roses and reds (rosato and rosso) . The vineyards of Lambrusco Mantovano DOC are south of Mantua. This wine contains quite high levels of carbonic acid created by fermentation. At least four different varieties of Lambrusco type grapes may be used in this wine, which can be supplemented with Ancellotta, Portana, or Uva d'Oro.

     

     The wine is ruby red in colour and tastes fresh and juicy. Both dry and sweet versions are available. Drinking temperature is 50-53.6°F (10-12°C). There is also a lighter rosato version of this wine.

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  • Garda DOC Italian Wines

     

    GARDA DOC

    Pinot-bianco-lombardy-wineWine from Veneto bears the denomination of Garda Orientale DOC, that from Lombardy just carries Garda DOC. This Italian wine must be made from not less than 85% ofthe grapes indicated on the label. These are the well-known Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Riesling Italico, Riesling Renano, and Sauvignon Blanc. These are all excellent Italian wines. Drinking temperature for this Italian wine 46.4- 50.0°F (8-10°C) for Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Bianco, and Rieslings and 50-53.6°F (10-12°C) for Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio wines.

  • Tuscan Colline Lucchesi DOC

     

    COLLINE LUCCHESI DOC TUSCANY WINE

    Colline Lucchesi Bianco Wine WhiteThe Italian vineyards of this area are sited on the hills between Lucca and Montecarlo. The area around Lucca is well-known for the superb olive oil and excellent white and red wines. Unfortunately these Italian wines are only available in limited quantities and the demand is huge.

    The Bianco delle Colline Lucchesi (also known as Colline Lucchesi Bianco) is made from 50-70% Trebbiano Toscano, 5-15% Greco or Grecchetto, 5-15% Vermentino Bianco, and not more than 5% Malvasia grapes. This Bianco is a pale golden colour and its nose is very subtle and elegant. The taste is quite dry, fulsome, and harmonious.

  • Valcalepio DOC - Italian Wines

      This area is situated on both sides of Lago d'Iseo, near Bergamo. To the east of Bergamo the soil is a mixture of clay and chalk, while in the north it consists of shingle, shale, and slate.

     The wines are made from ancient native grapes (Moscato di Scanzo, Merera, and Incrocio Terzi) and more modern varieties (Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Pranc). These wines are sold under the name of either Valcalepio Rosso (red) or Valcalepio Bianco (white) . Both types of wine are the realisation of a successful combination of tradition and modern methods. Valcalepio Rosso is chiefly made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to which the wine-maker adds various supplementary grapes.

    The colour is usually ruby red with tinges of granite red. The bouquet is pleasing, vinous, and aromatic. The taste is dry and typical of the grapes used (black currant, pepper, and cherry). Riserva wines must be aged for at least three years and contain at least 12.5% alcohol. Drink at 57.2-60.8°F (14-16°C).

    Valcalepio Bianco is usually made with Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, and Pinot Grigio, in a variety of blends within these grapes. Each wine is unique but the best are intensely straw yellow and have a refined bouquet and a well-balanced and characteristic taste. Drink at 10-12°C (SO-S3.6°F).

    Finally there is also the old-fashioned style Oscato Passito, which is of outstanding quality. Remember though that this is a sweet red wine that is ruby to cherry red, with hints of granite red. The nose is typical of red Moscato in its intensity and characteristic sensuality.

      The taste is sweet, but wellbalanced thanks to its fine acidity. Bitter notes of almond can be detected in the finish. This wine must be aged for at least eighteen months and contain at least 17% alcohol. Drinking temperature is 8- 12°C (46.4-S3.6°F ) depending on season and personal preference.

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